13 Times The Mysterious Wild Card Turns Out To Be The Scariest Villain

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Vote up the side characters who are way more dangerous than you initially realized.

Sometimes a mysterious sidekick ends up being far worse than the main antagonist. These guys aren't the ones in charge. Their characters aren't the ones calling the shots. They often aren't first billed on the cast sheet. But these are the villains that make your skin crawl, and you certainly remember them long after the credits have finished rolling.

Raoul in Panic Room. Gaear Grimsrud in Fargo. Waingro in Heat. From the moment you see those dudes on-screen, you know something about them is just a bit off. And then... bing, bang, boom. Lots of murder and yelling seem to follow. We hope you love character actors because we are running through those times the wild card supporting character ended up being the scariest villain of some of your favorite movies.


  • After nine films in the franchise, everybody knows the deal with Saw and Jigsaw by now. This was not the case back in October 2004 when the low-budget original was first unleashed upon an unsuspecting world. Unlike the escalating torture of the never-ending sequels, the first film in the series has a shocker of a twist that was genuinely surprising at the time. The one pulling the strings, the guy responsible for all the mayhem, is the lifeless body on the floor the whole time! And, surprise surprise, he isn't actually dead.

    If there was ever a wild card in horror, it is John Kramer, AKA the Jigsaw Killer. There was absolutely no way you saw that big reveal coming back then, and if you claim you did, you are a liar of the highest order. Saw was a brilliant reminder that you can never trust what you see in horror, as the filmmakers are out to trick you and make you scream. Having a seemingly deceased person be the main villain is next-level trickery.

  • Casting the unbelievably handsome Jude Law as the quietly sadistic assassin/photographer Harlen Maguire in Road to Perdition ended up being a masterstroke by the production team behind the 2002 Sam Mendes-directed drama. Yes, the entire cast is stacked - getting Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stanley Tucci, Daniel Craig, Dylan Baker, and Ciarán Hinds all together for the same movie is no joke - but it is Law's smarmy villain that steals the show.

    Upon meeting Hanks's main character for the first time, he utters a threatening-but-not-so-threatening line, "To be paid to do what you love, ain't that the dream?" Well, Maguire likes to kill people and take pictures of their lifeless bodies, so he's living quite the dream. He goes on to describe his fascination with corpses, and it is quite unnerving. Of course, Hanks's Michael Sullivan promptly figures out something is up with this guy and gets out of Dodge. The two spend the rest of the film playing cat-and-mouse, but we won't spoil the ending for you.

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    Gogo Yubari In 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1'

    The unassuming Gogo Yubari gives Beatrix Kiddo the most indelible fight of Kill Bill: Vol. 1. Upon first glance, you'd be forgiven for assuming Gogo wasn't much of a fighter. That's clearly by design. Dressing Gogo in a traditional schoolgirl outfit is obviously meant to have her opponents underestimate her. She even does the stereotypical giggle and everything. But make no mistake, Gogo is not to be trifled with.

    When Kiddo tries to get her to step aside, Gogo replies, "You can beg better than that." Their fight is brutal and, honestly, Gogo probably should've won. If Gogo had managed to choke Beatrix out just a little bit quicker, our heroine wouldn't have been able to stab her in the head with a piece of a broken table. Just remember: When a teenage girl comes at you with a meteor hammer, turn and run the other way. 

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    Raoul In 'Panic Room'

    Be careful who you work with. Especially when you've brought a guy on to be the muscle for a robbery job you're pulling. As Panic Room proves, that person could end up being a wild card in the worst way possible. And Raoul, the psychotic bus driver hired by Junior to help rob his grandfather's old house, is definitely the kind of person you never want to be a co-worker.

    By the time Panic Room's 112-minute runtime is over, Raoul has done away with Junior, nearly beaten another man to death, threatened to kill an 11-year-old girl, and attempted to take out Jodie Foster's Meg with a sledgehammer. He is genuinely one of the worst people to ever appear in a David Fincher movie and that really is saying something. Major props to country star Dwight Yoakam for making such a cartoonishly evil character seem believable. 

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    Darrow And Frye In 'The Rock'

    From the very outset of Michael Bay's 1996 action masterpiece The Rock, astute viewers might pick up more than a few cues that Ed Harris's Brigadier General Frank Hummel isn't the villain he wants people to believe he is. He opens the film at the burial site of his deceased wife, asking her for forgiveness for his actions yet to come. He makes his men use non-lethal force when possible. He warns a group of visiting children to try and convince their supervising adult to make them leave Alcatraz Island before he starts taking hostages.

    At the end of the day, Hummel's threats against the United States government and its people are hollow. He was bluffing and had no intention of taking innocent lives for any reason. Of course, not all of his rogue Marines got that message, and Captain Frye and Captain Darrow do not take this realization well. Frye and Darrow are willing to kill upwards of 80,000 innocent people to get their "f**king money," and Hummel ends up paying the ultimate price for working with those goons in the first place.

  • Johnny Ringo is not the primary antagonist in 1993's Tombstone, but with all due respect to the great Powers Boothe, it is Michael Biehn's wild card who is the movie's most memorable baddie. Upon first glance, he seems like nothing more than a typical second-in-command, but Ringo has greatness lying beneath that glorious mustache. Perhaps it is his ability to go toe-to-toe with Val Kilmer's Doc Holliday in terms of Latin trashtalk. Perhaps it is his ability to quote the Bible. Perhaps it has to do with his penchant for getting drunk and wanting to "play for blood."

    The scene where Holliday and good ol' crazy eyes Ringo finally get to have their duel near the end of Tombstone provides the film with its most lasting moment: Michael Biehn getting shot in the head while Val Kilmer just shouts at him. Man, Tombstone is so good.